November 6, 2013
Vol. 33, Issue 11
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Since 2008, the philanthropy has spent about $700 million on a variety of teacher-quality initiatives. Critics fear that the Seattle-based foundation is having an outsized influence.
A new report finds that 40 states saw increases in the number of homeless students in the 2011-12 school year—some by 20 percent or more.
Officials in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, and Michigan aim to reassure school districts that common core won't hurt local control, but some are skeptical.
In the crowded field of ed-tech startups seeking to go to scale, companies with distribution platforms and those that develop instructional materials are merging their resources.
News in Brief
- Most Getting Wis. Vouchers Come From Private Schools
- Teacher-Evaluation Policies Becoming More Rigorous
- New York to Scale Back Standardized Tests
- Ed. Dept. Threatens Funding For California Over Testing
- Team Approach Urged to Help Students Who Suffer Concussions
- Senate Panel Approves Epinephrine Legislation
- Mobile Devices Grabbing Fancy of Young Children
News in Brief
News in Brief
Some built-in student accommodations for the common-core tests being developed by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers will be unavailable during spring 2014 field tests.
The federal Investing in Innovation, or i3, initiative bet heavily on the Success for All program, and an early evaluation suggests the investment is paying off.
Expanding blended and online learning is appealing in many school systems, despite recent, high-profile disruptions in ambitious, 1-to-1 technology plans, attendees at the recent iNACOL summit said.
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The biggest integration opportunity for many ed-tech startups may be with inBloom, a nonprofit group that has been the target of critics over issues related to the privacy of student data.
The Gates-supported research has sparked criticism about how the project was framed, how findings were communicated, and whether states are taking away appropriate lessons from it.
Observers see considerable alignment between the teacher-quality agendas of the private foundation and the federal agency. In fact, several top department officials came from the philanthropy.
The foundation has put $22 million behind several organizations that aim to elevate teachers' voices in policy discussions, but those groups have often been viewed with suspicion by teachers' unions.
A Brookings Institution analysis says the cost impact would be limited if only a few states dropped out of the groups developing tests aligned with the common core.
K-12 advocates are hoping a congressional conference committee working to come up with a federal budget solution can stop across-the-board cuts known as sequestration.
PAGE 24 - Commentary
Retired California legislator Gloria Romero explains her reasons for advocating the sharply debated tool for overhauling struggling schools.
PAGE 25 - Commentary
When it comes to assessing school options for their children, parents must ask the right questions and stay informed, Karran Harper Royal writes.
PAGE 26 - Commentary
It's imperative for schools and policymakers to work with teachers to include family-involvement strategies and practices, Steven Sheldon says.
PAGE 27 - Commentary
When it comes to transforming public education, poor families wield the least power even as their children attend the lowest-performing schools, writes Arnold F. Fege.
In an online survey of 2,000 parents in 2012 and subsequent "What Parents Want" report, officials from the Washington-based Thomas B. Fordham Institute applied market-research principles to parents' priorities for schools. Explore the findings.
What are the defining characteristics of a school that is fully engaged in partnerships with families? This illustration by Anne T. Henderson (content author) and Bob Dahm (illustrator) explores that question.
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